Are Your Eyebrows Hanging by a Thread?

For many people, waxing and plucking are the first things that come to mind when it comes to eyebrow care. But those aren’t the only options. One approach that’s gaining popularity in the United States is threading, an ancient depilation practice that originated in the Middle East. Threading is a hair removal technique that can be used on both the face and the body. With threading, a trained technician uses 100 percent cotton thread, which is twisted and rolled into a double strand. The hair becomes entwined in the thread and is lifted from the follicle or root. The byproduct of threading is a defined line of perfectly groomed hair. Threading is ideal for people who want to get rid of that unsightly unibrow, lift the arch in the brow or add definition and shape. The procedure, which is done in specialty salons, usually takes less than 10 minutes and is thought to be far less painful than hot wax treatments. It’s also becoming the preferred treatment for many women because it doesn’t peel away layers of skin. There’s minimal irritation and redness. Any that may occur is gone within a half hour.

For people who have sensitive skin, threading is a good alternative to waxing as it requires no chemicals or products that can cause rashes. The procedure removes even the tiniest hairs and leaves a smooth surface. Unlike waxing, hair grows back slower and finer. Unlike other procedures, threading removes the hair all at one time, making it less painful than individually plucking each hair. Of course, threading is one of those practices you won’t want to try at home. Find an establishment with a good reputation and try threading out for size. Most places charge an average of $12 per treatment.